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Moments of brilliance....but needs editing
on 10 May 2010
Coming from a Secondary point of view...
I found this book quite dissapointing, there are some great ideas which are somewhat lost in the comic style of writing which may suit some people but i just found really irritating. There are also lots of ideas that seem irrelevant for most teachers (like PE games and thumb wars) or would take so long that you'd lose 2/3s of your lesson to something that doesn't achieve anything academically constructive.
There is also a lot of padding: the first 3 are "say hello", "have a drink" and "get naked" (seriously!). Some activities will also leave most people looking like an idiot, so you have to be the right kind of teacher to be able to get away with them. These ideas are placed around some real gems and this book would have benfitted from retaining the fab insightful ideas and losing the '101 activity' target.
However, some of the activities i dislike may be great in a primary classroom. In that case, some disinction should have been made between primary and secondary/both activities to make the book a bit more navigable. Overall though, this book has moments of genius and is worth buying and sifting through for that reason.